Tommy Robinson has been released on bail after Lord Chief Justice Burnett and 2 other judges ruled the Leeds conviction was illegal. The former English Defence League (EDL) leader won his challenge against the contempt of court charge.
Tommy Robinson was arrested and jailed back in May for livestreaming outside a muslim grooming gang trial, and was sentenced to 13 months in a maximum security prison. Due to the large concentration of muslims at the prison many considered this to be an attempt on his life by the state. Several rallies and marches were held by his supporters calling for Tommy to be freed, that even led to police being hit with beer cans when they attempted (and failed) to break up the rallies. The rallies were even aggressively supported by Dutch right wing politician Geert Wilders and UKIP leader Gerard Batten.
At a hearing last month his lawyer QC Jeremy Dein argued that procedural “deficiencies” had given rise to “prejudice”, and that the sentence was manifestly excessive and that insufficient regard had been given to personal mitigation. He also said the proceedings in Leeds had been unnecessarily and unjustifiably rushed. During the hearing, QC Jeremy Dein, urged the judges to overturn both contempt of court findings against Robinson, made at Leeds Crown Court and Canterbury Crown Court.
Lord Chief Justice Burnett said the court was allowing his appeal “in respect of the committal for contempt at Leeds Crown Court”. Adding: “The appellant is granted bail and the matter of contempt at Leeds Crown Court is remitted to be heard again.” The Leeds conviction was, in fact, illegal.
Tommy Robinson's release comes just a few weeks following the visit of US president Donald Trump to the UK, during which Trump delivered scathing criticism of his NATO allies and even labelled the EU a foe of the United States.